I went to do a little test film today and it is not working - the viewfinder and flip-screen are black and it will not record (yes, the lenscap is off!). As usual, my first port of call with any technical problem is Google, and I quickly came across this forum thread with over 40 individuals complaining of the same problem - all with 600 series Canon camcorders, and all about the same age.
The upshot is I have written to Canon and hope they will repair my camera for free, as it is obviously an inherent design problem (I can't afford a repair or a new purchase at the moment anyway). I'll keep things updated, but fingers crossed for a positive consumer experience...
You might have noticed the little buttons just below the episode chapters, added as I join up with various webcomic communities. If you feel you can, please take the time to register with these sites and add Rainbow Orchid as a favourite - it all helps to give the comic a higher profile and bring in more readers. I've decided not to go for any of the online voting systems as I don't think it gives a reliable representation, and I feel uncomfortable with the competitiveness. That's not to say it's wrong, I vote for quite a few comics I like!
The gig was very good, and Somerset House is a fantastic venue for it. A video screen showed live drawing from Pete Fowler before the band came on. Gruff thanked everyone for coming to the gig despite the previous day's events. "This is what happens when, instead of declaring peace of terrorism, you declare war on terrorism", he said. Then the screens showed stills of Bush and Blair put to the words of Bill Hicks, looping the line "all governments are liars and murderers". There was lots of new material and some old favourites, and they ended on the defiant 'The Man Don't Give a F**k'. The illuminated hooded boiler suits were good, but not as impressive as perhaps they were intended.
Despite this being a very enjoyable show, I'm afraid I have to be an old crock and say, generally, I don't enjoy the gig-going experience. Sound is often poor (bass guitars are amplified to be felt and not heard - this is okay, but it can get too distorted), and large crowds are not my favourite. But then again, when you work from home all day self-employed, it's nice (and important) to get out like this when you can! This was far better than many I've been too - the open-air was good.
There was various music being piped through the sound system before the gig, and one artist I particularly liked, but have no idea who it was. I'm looking into it... could be Baris Manco... but it could have been Japanese.